Law School: California Western School of Law
College: Duquesne University
In 2011 to 2012, I worked extensively on the Brian Banks case. Banks spent nearly six years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. On May 24, 2012, after more than a year of investigation and negotiation with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, the case was dismissed.
In December of 2012, I walked Kenneth Corley out of prison after filing his habeas petition. He was the first inmate released under the amended 3 Strikes law.
In April of 2013, I walked 712 miles from San Diego to Sacramento and delivered 12 clemency petitions to Gov. Jerry Brown for CIP’s innocent clients.
I have been a staff attorney at the CIP since 2011. In that time, I have become a clinic student supervisor, overseeing four students and as many as 50 cases with valid claims of innocence. I also accept criminal cases on the side and have been to trial on numerous occasions.
In addition to case supervision and litigation, I have lectured at many conferences, organizations, colleges, and high school classes. I especially enjoy teaching high school students on Constitution Day every year.
I am a member of the California bar and the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association.
I am on the board at the Peninsula YMCA where I help raise money to send underprivileged children to camp. In addition, I work with high school students to teach them about government processes and help them understand how our system operates. Specifically, I assisted students in brainstorming a bill to present at the YMCA’s Youth & Government. In February, I attended Youth & Government in Sacramento and observed the students I mentored working to get their bill passed.
I live in OB and spend a lot of time bodysurfing in front of Tower 2. I enjoy traveling the world and spending time with my girlfriend, Nikki, and our dog Chloe.